Wednesday 23 December 2020

Wishing Our Readers Festive Cheer

No one can deny it has been an odd year, and members of Hornsea Writers have fared no differently. But life – and Christmas – is what we make of it.

So join us this Festive Season in offering a smile and happy greeting to not just our friends but passers-by, especially those walking alone. A little Christmas kindness costs nothing yet gladdens each participant’s heart. 
Maybe we should make it our New Year’s Resolution. Think of the joy we could spread.

From all at Hornsea Writers 
have a very
 Merry Christmas

Friday 18 December 2020

A Chance to Meet Fellow Authors



Bridge House



Bridge House Publishing, a small independent publisher specialising in anthologies, has always organised get-togethers for its authors.

Face to face meetings now being impossible, it recently invited contributors to the Transformations anthology to a Zoom meeting. Instead of getting to know each other over sandwiches in a pub, we raised a glass at home to the book's success. The camera allowed us to put faces to names. After exchanging snippets of news, we tested our wits in a literary quiz and listened to some authors reading their work. A welcome initiative in these strange times.

Transformations is available in paperback from Amazon. 

Madeleine McDonald

Friday 11 December 2020

NaNoWriMo - how was it for you?

 The National November Writing Month descended again. Last time I turned around, it was March, so how come it was suddenly November?

My writing activity has not been stellar in this year of lockdowns. I think many writers have suffered this malaise. Initially, we all probably thought we would be able to sit down and devote the time we were normally out and about to writing. But it hasn't turned out like that.

And that's where NaNoWriMo has been a godsend for me. I thought at one point about giving up writing completely, but, again, like many other writers, it isn't only habit that sends us to our desk and keyboard, it is an internal need to tell the stories that teem in our heads. Every day away from my desk is a day when I feel I am not doing my job, leaving me with a melancholy regret. But I had lost my mojo.

I decided to do NaNoWriMo to regain that discipline of sitting down every day and banging out words. Because that is what NaNo is all about. Banging out the words, taking yourself on a white-hot ride and not worrying if you have just used the correct word. You've used the word that will probably be changed when you edit, but you've said what you wanted to say quickly. NaNo is about speed.

I managed just over 60,000 words by 30th November, writing two-thirds of the latest Georgia Pattison mystery Who Wants To Live Forever. And if you want to know a bit more about Georgia's latest adventure, you can read about it on my blog -


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